TOM PETTY AND JEFF LYNE TO RECEIVE ROYALTIES FROM SAM SMITH’S “STAY WITH ME”
For all of you who love British singer Sam Smith’s song “Stay With Me”, which is up for record of the year at the 2015 Grammy’s, hold your applause for originality and creativeness.
According to an article on CBS News, Sam Smith will have to share 12.7 percent of the royalties from the ballad with Tom Petty and Jeff Lyne of Electric Light Orchestra Fame. Now this isn’t a case of one songwriter stealing or attempting to copy another songwriters work because Smith didn’t fully pen the emotional song. The writers of Petty’s “I won’t back down” contacted Smith’s “Stay With Me” writers and told them to listen to both tracks and Smith’s writers agreed that their melodies do sound similar. Hopefully this doesn’t ruin Smith’s chances at the Grammy’s, but when you’re going against Taylor Swift…it’s game on.
For all those aspiring recording artists out there let this be a lesson to you to be prepared for anything. As long as man has been walking on this planet, no idea or melody is original unless you possess the genius of Michael Jackson or Elton John.